News – Big Finish nominated in BBC Audio Drama Awards 2018

Three Big Finish audio dramas have been nominated for the BBC Audio Drama Awards 2018. The finalists of the awards, which were established in 2012 to celebrate the quality of on-air and online audio drama, will be announced on the 4th of January 2018, and the winners will be revealed at a special awards ceremony on the 28th of January 2018.

The first nomination is for legendary actor and War Doctor, Sir John Hurt in the category Best Actor in an Audio Drama for his performance as Griffin in HG Wells’s The Invisible Man.

In the midst of a snowstorm, a stranger arrives in an English country inn, seeking solitude. Soon, inexplicable goings-on at the Coach and Horses bring fear to the village.
Two very different men – the scholarly Dr Kemp and gentleman-of-the-road Thomas Marvel – are drawn into terrible events beyond their understanding.
A man named Griffin has defied the laws of nature, and is about to embark on a reign of terror. For he is… The Invisible Man.
The Invisible Man was adapted for Big Finish from the classic novel by Jonathan Barnes, directed by Ken Bentley and produced by David Richardson, with sound design by Matthew Cochrane and music by Jamie Robertson.
The second nomination in the category of Best Online or Podcast Audio Drama is I Met a Man Today (adapted from Many Happy Returns) by Nicholas Briggs, the opening episode of The Prisoner Volume 02.
Exhausted after a daring escape from the Village, Number Six returns to London to find a woman living in his home. Despite being fearful that this could be yet another trick by those who run the Village, he dares to take the risk and starts to get to know her… Meanwhile, those running British Intelligence have their own agenda.

Directed by Nicholas Briggs and produced by Scott Handcock, with sound design by Iain Meadows, original music by Jamie Robertson, and starring Mark Elstob and Lucy Briggs-Owen.

The final nomination, also in the category of Best Online or Podcast Audio Drama is for the Big Finish Classics adaptation of King Lear.

In an ancient Britain of warring nobles and sibling rivalries, power is a precarious thing. When the ageing King Lear declares that he will divide his kingdom in three to prevent future strife, he unwittingly sets in motion a chain of events that will unravel into treachery, horror, conflict and death.
Renowned for its pathos and poetry as much as for its savage violence, Shakespeare’s wildest tragedy remains as thrilling and relevant today as when it was first performed. King Lear is a tale of politics, ambition, greed, vanity, betrayal, love, pride, madness, war and bloody vengeance.

King Lear features an outstanding ensemble cast including David Warner as Lear, Louise Jameson as Goneril, Lisa Bowerman as Regan and Finty Williams as Cordelia. The director was Barnaby Edwards and producer David Richardson, with sound design and music by Howard Carter.

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